8 Marvel Comics Available For Retailer Exclusive Variants in April, Including War Of The Realms and Major X

Every month, Marvel offers retailers the chance to commission exclusive covers for certain titles — as long as they order thousands of copies. It's an effective, if expensive way for both parties to a) get some promotion and create collectables for the market, and b) up their orders. Begun by Dreamwave back in the day, it was popularised by IDW and now Marvel Comics does it more than anyone else with anywhere between five and 10 titles a month.

In recent months, Marvel Comics has been upping the amount of retailer variant covers they offer. Twelve for Octobereight for Novembertwelve for Decembertwelve for January, but just six for February and only eight for March.

However, very few of them get taken up. In comparison, DC Comics offers one every few months and everyone dives in.

Here are the eight for March.

  1. WAR OF THE REALMS #1 (Order by 2/22)
  2. MAJOR X #1 (Order by 2/22)
  3. MARVEL TEAM-UP #1 (Order by 2/22)
  4. SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 (Order by 3/1)
  5. WAR OF THE REALMS: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #1 (Order by 3/1)
  6. WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1 (Order by 3/1)
  7. THANOS #1 (Order by 3/15)
  8. VENOM #13 (Order by 3/15)

And a look at a certain Conan just released for January

8 Marvel Comics Available For Retailer Exclusive Variants in April, Including War Of The Realms and Major X

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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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